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  • Cries and Whispers
  • Shame
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

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  • Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

  • The King's Man

    ★★★

  • Lola

    ★★★½

  • Jacquot

    ★★★★

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  • The King's Man

    The King's Man

    ★★★

    Enjoyable, fast-paced adventure set around the beginning of WWI with a strong performance by Ralph Fiennes, Often more serious in tone than most similar films, serious historical facts are combined with inaccurate ones.

  • Lola

    Lola

    ★★★½

    Absorbing film on romantic longing, centering on Lola a cabaret performer (an incandescent Anouk Aimée). The film combines the documentary-like style of the French New wave with the romanticism of classic cinema, strongly aided by another notable score from Michel Legrand.

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  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    ★★★★★

    One of my favorite American films. this intense, emotionally powerful masterpiece depicts the desperation driving a Depression-era dance marathon.

    The film is full of memorable portraits - Jane Fonda's bitter desperation contrasting with Michael Sarrazin's sensitivity as her dance partner, Susannah York's increasingly frazzled would-be-actress, Red Button's aging sailor, and Oscar-winning Gig Young as the manipulative master of ceremonies.

    Sydney Pollack's superb directions gives a vivid sense of the harsh conditions of the marathon. The sprints where contestants race and 3 couples are eliminated are particularly harrowing.

  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★★

    Outstanding and powerful film based on actual events. A young French doctor visits a Polish convent after WW2 where she discovers that several nuns had been raped by Russians and are pregnant.

    Director Anne Fontaine masterfully combines tension, shame and faith in the film. The screenplay develops a wide range of characters portrayed by an exceptional cast.